Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Architectural Technologist - Data Convergence Specialist

One of the points I raised in my professorial speech was the way the algorithms we use now, and we will use in the future, are generated and written.

Whether we like it or not, data is going to become a huge part of the Technologists day to day work. For many of us it's going to be the generation of the core base that will eventually generate so much more data, plus the use of external data, that together with the data we helped to generate, will form the backdrop to much of the oldschool work we have traditionally done like detailing, spec writing etc.

We as technologists might under stand the construction but few of us understand the way the algorithms are written and to be truthful, the answers they give yet alone the deeper use of the data we genrerate. Ok the low level use at the contract stage is our first stab in the way some of this data can be used, but take it just a little further, and, we hand over to computer programmers who, are not so well versed in construction, or construct methods, to read the data we help generate and mix an match to external sensor data, and make conclusions based on what they can understand from us.

Current use of CAD data, in the form of BIM does not come close to the future I see just around the corner

Unfortunately it's not a two way exchange, we rarely get to see the methods, and if we do, can we understand it.

It's clear to me that a new branch of Architectural technology needs to be invented, that of the 'Data Convergence' specialist, who can live on both sides of the equation, construction trained as well as computer programmer.

So over the comming moths, I plan to investigate these algorithym a little exploring how they can be generated by us, starting with parhaps a mind map, then the flow chart, I use Lucidchart to do this, so should be fun.

The video below is a little long at a touch over 30 mins, but its well worth the time to get the basics and a little more. I must admit to watching it twice, once to get the feel, and once to make notes, stop and review.

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